Kelley named vice moderator of Presbytery of Arkansas

Friday, March 1, 2013
The Rev. Clare Kelley

EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Rev. Clare M. Kelley, pastor of the Northwest Arkansas Presbyterian Larger Parish, was installed as vice moderator of the Presbytery of Arkansas on Feb. 16.

The service was a highlight of the Presbytery's 122nd Stated Meeting held recently at the University of the Ozarks at Clarksville.

An Alabama native, Kelley grew up in a Presbyterian home and was active in church through high school. She graduated from Auburn University, majoring in psychology and political science, and went on to earn a law degree from University of Houston and a Master of Divinity degree from Austin Seminary in 1991.

Her entire ministry has been carried out in the Presbytery of Arkansas, where she was ordained as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Walnut Ridge and served as pastor of Highland Presbyterian Church in Hot Springs before being called to pastor the churches in the parish, Holiday Island Presbyterian Church and 1st Presbyterian Church in Eureka Springs.

In the Presbytery of Arkansas, which is composed of 87 congregations in the northern two-thirds of the state, Kelley has served on the worship, polity, clusters and investigating committees, as a member of the Permanent Judicial Commission and as a Stated Clerk.

As vice moderator, Kelley attended the National Denomination Training last fall, attends General Committee meetings, and moderates portions of the Presbytery meetings at the discretion of the moderator. In 2014, Kelly will be installed as the moderator of the Presbytery and in 2015 she will moderate the General Committee.

Kelly is the mother of one son, David, who with his wife, Heather, have three children and now live in Naples, Italy.

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